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Studies of the Book of Mormon Paperback – August 15, 1992
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About the Author
Brigham D. Madsen is Professor Emeritus of History and past vice president of the University of Utah, recipient of a Distinguished Teacher of the Year Award, as well as the Distinguished Service Award from the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. He is the author of Glory Hunter: A Biography of Patrick Edward Connor (Utah State Historical Society Best Military History Award), North to Montana! Jehus, Bullwhackers, and Mule Skinners on the Montana Trail (Westerners International Best Book Award), The Shoshoni Frontier and the Bear River Massacre (Westerners International Best Book Award), Studies of the Book of Mormon (John Whitmer Historical Association Best Book Award), and other volumes, including his own popular autobiography, Against the Grain: Memoirs of a Western Historian.
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Western Historical Quarterly, Richard Sherlock
Here for the first . . . time a Mormon [leader] and first-rate historian is wrestling with the most sensitive subject possible for his church: to what extent is the Book of Mormon a nineteenth-century product and/or an actual record of some of the peoples of ancient Mesoamerica. . . . Roberts’s work points the way that an intellectually honest faith most go, and for that we must still read these now sixty-year-old studies, as others will do in another century.
Sociological Analysis, Gordon Shepherd
The Roberts manuscripts represent a compelling case study of the age-old tension between religious faith and rational thought. The Roberts era of Mormon history is instructive of the way in which successful religious movements eventually seek . . . to consolidate, systematize, and rationalize the inconsistencies of the founding beliefs.
Top Customer Reviews
This started Roberts on the mission of proving or disproving the Book of Mormon. He reviewed the book for inconsistencies in technology, zoology and anthropology. He presents a study of the technology of steel, glass, the wheel, metal coins and other advances that were questionable. He also covered the problems with horses, elephants, oxen, cattle and other problems. He covered the linguistics and anthropological information available at the time in trying to reconcile an Israelite migration to North America. In all, his conclusions are consistent with the current scientific community. He proposed, and then rejected, what Mormons know today as the Limited Geography Theory. He then undertakes a review of Joseph Smith and the literature available to Joseph Smith and concludes that there are significant parallels to "View of the Hebrews" by Ethan Smith.Read more ›
In one series of writings, Robert tries to scientifically answer questions such as whether horses could have been in the Americas at the time the Nephites and Jaredites (look in your Book of Mormon) were supposed to have lived here. He tries to answer whether steel swords and metallurgy could have part of the culture in these continents at these times. The answers are inconclusive, but strongly suggest "difficulties" with the Book of Mormon.
However, the most fascinating part of the book is when Roberts attempts to draw parallels between a book written a few years before the Book of Mormon was translated (View of the Hebrews) and the Book of Mormon. The parallels are interesting, and at times, startling.Read more ›
Roberts wrote the material on his studies just a few years before his death but never published it. About 1985 his family finally released the manuscript for publication. He made an excellent study of the environment and source material available to Joseph Smith in the 1820's.
Divided into three parts the first part of "Studies of the Book of Mormon" Roberts deals with his quandry in attempting to answer five questions which were asked by a Doctor who had read the Book of Mormon given to him by a friend. These questions were of archeological and linquistic nature and when his study could not provide adequate answers he wrote 141 pages to the general authorities of the Mormon Church presenting the problem. A two day meeting was held in the Salt Lake Temple to get their input and to ask for help from the Lord but no resolution was forthcoming. Shortly thereafter Roberts was called to preside over the Eastern States Mission.
In the second section of "Studies of the Book of Mormon" Roberts gives a report of his research while traveling around the Eastern States visiting libraries looking for what was being published in the newspapers and books in the days of Joseph Smith.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book is very detailed, and proves that the Book of Mormon was copied off of the View of the Hebrews.Published 3 months ago by Robert Pellegrino
Thoughtful and honest. A intelligent dissection of the Book of Mormon by a premiere LDS historian.Published 6 months ago by PWelvr
Very interesting book. Re-enforced my view that Joseph Smith made it all up with some help from the "View of the Hebrews", written around 5 years before the Book Of... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jerry D.
A defender of Mormonisn takes a critical look while exploring Book of Mormon anacranisms and parallels between this book and Ethan Smith's prior book "A View of the... Read morePublished on August 22, 2014 by Norman Clair Smith
B. H. Roberts "Studies of the Book of Mormon" and McKay's "No Man Knows My History" are the definitive works on early Mormon Church history. Read morePublished on July 3, 2014 by Ron Smith
Anyone who has had to go through the painful process of replacing their childhood beliefs with their adult stance on issues such as religion or politics will appreciate and stand... Read morePublished on February 20, 2014 by Robert C. Kahlert
B. H. Roberts was a famous historian for the Mormon church (Roberts served as Assistant Church Historian from 1902 until his death in 1933) he points out to the General Authorities... Read morePublished on December 18, 2013 by Rita
This book can be divided int four parts: B. H Roberts's Book of Mormon Difficulties; Roberts's Book of Mormon Studies; Roberts's Parallels; and then all the commentary. Read morePublished on November 21, 2013 by Kendal B. Hunter